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Vendange tardive

‘Vendange tardive’ is the French term for ‘late harvest’. In the Alsace region Vendange tardive is a classification for sweet (dessert) wines made from grapes picked later than normal. This longer hang time of the grapes causes the grapes to dehydrate which increases the concentration of sugar and aroma components. The minimum sugar levels in the must of these late harvest wines are higher than is the German Auslese wines, but are lower than the wines made from grapes affected by noble rot (Sélection de Grains Nobles and Beerenauslese).

 

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